For my upcoming solo show at BravinLee programs in NYC, I want to create limited edition screenprinted artist's books to give out as a kind of souvenir of the show. They will be available at the front desk, free for the taking.
In the middle of the book is a spread where ten parts of the image are missing. You can get the missing parts of the picture -- in the form of "postage stamps" that I will make -- by completing different tasks and going to different places (both online and physical) that have a conceptual connection to the overall idea of the exhibition. It's at these places that you can collect your stamp.
Some stamps will be printed in quantity, so that there is a surplus of them and they are easy to collect. Others will be more rare, and will require more effort. And one stamp will only have twelve copies made, making it the most rare.
That means it's only possible for twelve books to be 100% completed, with all the stamps filled in. So while there will be many books issued, only the most tenacious people will get a totally completed one. But all the stamps will be free, and anything you have to do to get them will also be free; and regardless of whether you finish the book or not, you will still get a nice souvenir and hopefully a fun experience. This is not a project set up to make money for me at all; rather, it's about getting the audience to think about and engage the work that's in the gallery in a different way. It's also way of reminding myself that art is about the experience you have with it, and not about all the other things that get in the way.
So! I want to make:
- between 100-200 silkscreened artists' books
- ten "postage stamps" printed on archival, gummed stamp paper, which are then reproduced accordingly, some in editions of 100+, others in far smaller editions
Why do I give away books for free? Well, I don't always. Sometimes I make books and other things to sell, in order to support myself and my practice. There will be many things for sale at this show, and this work will be the exception. But I enjoy giving away a project or two a year, as a way of making my work accessible to people who might not be able to afford it but would still like to have it in their lives. Think of it as a gift, or a kind of offering, to be given to both friends and strangers.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you will consider pledging towards this project.
xo - Amy
- (30 days)